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A Lack of Mail Elemental Gear (Heroics)
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I've been trying to gear-up on my newly Lv80 shaman and I've just started running heroics but as far as I can tell, there's not much mail gear with the correct stats for an elemental shaman. I've seen quite a bit of cloth gear with the right stats, but damnit I want to wear mail as the Old Gods intended. I understand that, as my paladin friend explained, the classification of my armor doesn't really matter as I won't be getting hit much (if everything goes well) and if I want to PvP I need to get PvP gear. However, with that said, I just don't get why there's a lot of Enhancement stat'd mail armor and none for me.
Am I looking in the wrong places or am I stuck wearing cloth stuff?
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Hey, man I appreciate it.
Have a look at the tier 8 crafted stuff, and what you can get from those Emblems, and prepare to be even more saddened.
No wait, actually, it's more than sad.
... and ugh, Carimm stole my avatar!
I don't know, it almost seems that if I switched over to enhancement or resto I'd have a
easier time gearing up.
I just don't get why there's a lot of Enhancement stat'd mail armor and none for me.
Because we share the slot with hunters there is a fair bit of AP mail gear out there with +int and the right stats for us, but it's not exclusively for shamans. Just like there is more Leather +AP gear than Leather +SP gear (at least there seems to be!) because rogues would be main rolling on AP leather but not on sp leather.
I have to admit that I found up gearing enhancement as an off spec ridiculously easy compared to gathering my sp main set and finding mail with +hit on it is a pain in the butt. A lot of the elemental off specs I raid with simply wear their resto set which is pretty lazy and not going to be the best, but certainly the easy route.
I don't know if you will need the armor bonus from downgrading cloth type - probably not as if everyone is doing their job you'll not be getting hit, but a lot of gear is prioritised differently, and I'm not sure it would be worth rolling on clothy gear that was for example stacked with spirit for priests, but at the end of the day - if it upgrades your priority stats then an upgrade is an upgrade (but bear in mind certainly in raids many raid leaders will not consider a roll on a lower cloth type, and in hcs talk about it first before someone screams ninja).
You're absolutely not restricted to mail. As long as it doesn't have spirit or MP5, it's probably good for elemental.
I would add a few things to Carimm's list.
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